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New technique may detect repeated head injury earlier

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTES (KWWL) -- Severe brain damage caused by repeated head traumas is currently only diagnosed during an autopsy.

Now researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital say a specialized imaging technique may give insight into athletes brains' much earlier.

It's called magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and doctors say it can detect signs of severe brain damage known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The condition is associated with memory problems, erratic behavior, depression and dementia.

The hope is that earlier detection will lead to effective treatment.

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